US company Zeitgeist Films will release the 1962 espionage thriller Le combat dans l'île aka Fire and Ice - starring Romy Schneider and Jean-Louis Trintignant and directed by Alain Cavalier - on June 22.
A hidden gem of the French New Wave, Alain Cavalier's thrilling black-and-white noir is as sleek and cool as it is gripping. Filled with thrilling plot twists, daring shoot-outs and stormy betrayals, LE COMBAT DANS L'ILE takes place against a backdrop of 60 s political turmoil and is strikingly shot by legendary cameraman Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows, King of Hearts).
Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, The Conformist) is Clément, a member of a right-wing terrorist organization who becomes involved in a political assassination attempt. A member of his gang betrays him and he hides out with his wife Anne (a luminous Romy Schneider) in the country home of a childhood friend, Paul (Henri Serre, Jim of Jules and Jim). Clément defines macho, with his surly incommunicativeness and sudden outbursts of violence, with Anne often its recipient. Paul, by contrast, is a gentle pacifist, and as affection grows between him and Anne, the emotional as well as political tension soar.